LOL I can NOT believe I am about to ask this question..... But I am after some suggestions on a new ROAD bike. Size wise, I am 60kgs, 5'10", experience wise I started age 4 and road dirt bikes solidly for 20years, started riding road bikes age 23 on my then beloved 1996 GSXR750 (all bikes were legal for learners when I started...) which was the bike I rode 7 days a week commuting, also had it when we started Team Cunningstunts and also for track days too - most of my bikes in fact have been multi purpose and I never minded touring on the 750s either.... Since then I've owned 5-6 GSXR750s, a very very fast 1000 and currently ride a very stock GSXR600 race bike. Am looking to enter 400s or Pro twins but that's covered....this is after all about my new road bike but sometimes some of the details above are missed when people ask this question, particularly the size/weight/riding style questions....so I don't say any of this to brag whatsoever, I just hope I have covered those questions! So now I'm ready to buy another road bike. At first and this hasn't changed, I just want something differrent to the usual Jap route. I locked horns with a Duke M'Strada and loved it - mentioned it to my dad and he said that's the bike he's looking at and that I could borrow his anytime - so the rationale for ME to own a comfy, decent 2 up bike suddenly went out the window....then again it'd be kinda cool for the old man and I to ride/own the same bikes....but I've ALWAYS LUSTED after the MV Augusta's - knowing that I could never really pillion on it and the fact it's more of a race bike means my head says no whilst my heart is screaming YES YES YES....... But if I were to stay with the whole 'race bike for the road' mentality then the Duke Panigale is also on the same list. Something in me says to get the more upright, less race orientated bike (as I won't be selling my race bike and have a dedicated dirt bike) so enter the likes of the Speed Triple (of which I know very little about as far as which models were the ones to get) the Duke Streetfighter which was the bike I was simply going to buy on specs/looks alone - then I rode it LOL I didn't like so much as it still felt too much of a race bike without fairings which if I am going the race bike route, the fairings are kinda important at 200+ - so enter the 848 S'Fighter which isn't avail yet...) but sounds like the bike the bigger brother should've been but am told nakid bikes aren't the best option for touring....but how bad does the lack of fairings really mean? Then there's some pretty decent offerings from BMW too but my knowledge around these is even less....So you can see my dilemma... Maybe this is better: 1. I WILL NOT BUY A HARLEY/Cruiser style bike. It's about the only option I won't and can never consider. 2. I need a bike that can have fun so wheelies, stoppies (ie good brakes) tunable suspension for proper knee down/fast cornering action, used for a little of the following: Commuting, touring, Snowies, maybe a track day or 2 on it.... I'm happy to tour on the MV Augusta knowing my back and wrists are gonna hammer me as I'm still young enough not to care and the enjoyment from riding the likes of an F3/F4 or the Panigale far outweigh any negatives LOL Had a sit on the Speed Trip and felt at home immediately, unfortunately my experience is really only covering off the Jap options...also the MV is well above this on the 'dream' list, a list I'd never thought I'd get to fullfill.... So throw some more at me???